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2009 Senate Bill 796: Increase state film subsidy transparency

Public Act 312 of 2010

Introduced by Sen. Nancy Cassis (R) on September 9, 2009 To increase the disclosure requirements on state film subsidies. The Film Office would have to post quarterly reports on the internet that disclose how much each film producer who is promised a subsidy plans to spend in Michigan (and so how much subsidy he will collect), how much each has spent (and thus collected), details on the shooting locations and jobs, and more. Under a film subsidy law law passed in 2008, Michigan pays 40 or 42 percent of the expenses incurred by film producers in this state.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on September 9, 2009
Reported in the Senate on October 13, 2009 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 17, 2009 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 17, 2009
Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate on December 17, 2009 To increase the disclosure requirements on state film subsidies. The Film Office would have to post quarterly reports on the internet that disclose how much each film producer plans to spend in Michigan, how much was actually spent, details on the shooting locations and jobs, and how many on the payroll were paid more than $250,000; it would also have to report to the legislature how much of all the credits granted were actually cash subsidies, because they exceeded the amount of tax the producer owed. Under a film subsidy law law passed in 2008, Michigan pays 40 or 42 percent of the expenses incurred by film producers in this state.
Received in the House on December 17, 2009
Referred to the House Tax Policy Committee on December 17, 2009
Reported in the House on June 30, 2010 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on December 2, 2010 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that makes the required reports biannual instead of quarterly.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2010
Substitute offered by Rep. Kathy Angerer (D) on December 2, 2010 To make the film office file the proposed transparency disclosures twice a year instead of quarterly.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 2, 2010
Passed 97 to 2 in the House on December 2, 2010 To increase the disclosure requirements on state film subsidies. The Film Office would have to post twice-yearly reports on the internet that disclose how much each film producer plans to spend in Michigan, how much was actually spent, details on the shooting locations and jobs, and how many on the payroll were paid more than $250,000; it would also have to report to the legislature how much of all the credits granted were actually cash subsidies, because they exceeded the amount of tax the producer owed. Under a film subsidy law law passed in 2008, Michigan pays 40 or 42 percent of the expenses incurred by film producers in this state.
Received in the Senate on December 2, 2010
Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate on December 2, 2010 To concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on December 21, 2010

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